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28mm Harlequin miniatures

28mm Harlequin miniatures

So after a period of lethargy I have finally updated the Dalek pages. Check out your favourites and celebrate like a true Kaled the lack of Paradigm abominations.

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RENEGADE SUPREME6 – Classic series Renegade Dalek Supreme

First (only) appearance 1988, Season 25, Story 7H “Remembrance of the Daleks“.

As the last entry was quite long, I’m going to try to keep this one a bit shorter although as we count down its becoming harder and harder not to gush.  I suppose it was only a matter of time before there would be a Dalek in a sinister wartime German Allgemeine SS style black and silver livery.  Considering Terry Nations nightmare of German invasion in his childhood its a little surprising that this wasn’t thought of for the rank and file Dalek scheme early on.  In fact there had been numerous earlier incarnations in a predominantly black paint scheme but none hit the true style button until this one appeared.  As early as 1964 there had been a black Dalek Supreme. This in keeping with the original drone warrior Daleks had light blue hemispheres. Being only seen on tv in black and white it didn’t have the same effect. The big screen movie Daleks of 1965 also featured a Black Dalek but the colour scheme was way too garish with a predominance of gold bling that only in the 70’s would a toned down version totally eclipse (more on that in a few days time).  Much later, 1984’s Resurrection of the Daleks had a Black Supreme this time with matt white globes and black solar panels. It still didn’t quite work and so it wasn’t until Sylvestor McCoy’s tenure in 1988 that they finally got it right.  This story was the last proper outing of the classic Daleks although no one knew at the time except maybe Arch-Tool and head of the BBC, Michael GradeuntitledThe story was a typical late 80’s one with woeful incidental music (I suspect this had a bearing on influencing a young Murray Gold‘s musical travesties on the new series) and the Doctor becoming almost god-like and as such it never really did it for me although warring Dalek factions and the amazing appearance of another classic Dalek style (also yet to be revealed in my top 10 Dalek list) were good elements as well as the long overdue first time when we got to see a Dalek ascend the stairs. But I soon forgot about it as I had almost given up on Who for Blake’s 7 in the early 80’s and then lost myself in Goth as my main interest in the mid to late 80’s. So it wasn’t until about 11 years later when the Royal Mail released a postage stamp featuring a Lord Snowdon photo of it that suffering from Dalek withdrawal symptoms I realised how cool it really was.16-dalek-front And IT IS COOL. how can you not like it? even the orange car indicator lights go with it. Stylish, very stylish.


DAS GOLD7 – Classic series Gold Dalek Leader

First appearance 1972, Season 9, Story KKK “Day of the Daleks”. Brief cameo in 1973’s Frontier in Space.

Here we have the original gold Dalek Leader, a mightily impressive one thanks mainly to its debut which was the first time Daleks appeared in full colour (apart from the Cushing movies).  The expectation was already high thanks to the best ever Radio Times cover with a jaw dropping amazing illustration by the awesome Frank Bellamy (this guy rocks and is going into my heroes hall of fame). untitled This was my first introduction to the Daleks on tv (being before the era of videotape) and as such has a special place in my Kaled heart.  Of course everyone including myself was well aware of them owing to their infamy from the previous 9 years of mayhem but they had been on an extended sabbatical since 1967 and hadn’t graced our tv screens since.  I’m not 100% sure if we even had a colour telly then but remember the show clear as night and day as an impressionable 5 & 1/2 year old although I didn’t remember the poorly ring-modulated Dalek voices at the time. Note the solar panels in the mid section, and the über cool ford Anglia style lights/ears. I also suspect that around this time was the beginning of my glory years watching Who where family recollections of me sitting in absolute silence with my ears becoming redder and redder occasionally complimented by involuntary deep gulps at particularly frightening moments as a pre-cursor to retreating behind the sofa (I definitely did do this) have entered near mythological status. The show also debuted another spectacular colour scheme (to be revealed at a later time) and the potentially even scarier Ogrons. Now is it just me or do Peter Jackson’s incarnation of JRR Tolkien‘s Lord of The Rings Orc Uruk-Hai bear a very striking resemblance to the Ogrons? Google or look up Ogron and you’ll see what I mean. One for the bbc’s copyright dept? Back to Daleks, at the time it was this gold Dalek Leader that captured my imagination. 9-dalek-full I had never even thought about Daleks having ranks and being distinguished by colour but it worked for me. Seeing these beauties on tv for the first time although I had met them in person/dalek in a terrifying encounter at Trago Mills a few years earlier aged about 2 and to be frank, utterly sh**ing myself (thanks for that one Dad*) it inspired me to want to try to make some Daleks of my own.  In stepped Mum armed with Ski yoghurt pots, split lentils, match sticks and strange mothball type solid golf ball sized paper balls (what were they?) plus a couple of gold and silver aerosols only to be used by a responsible adult mind AND that weird fish smelling white rubbery repellent yet inexplicably strangely stickily tactile Copydex glue (the stuff with its own brush stuck on the inside red lid that was always clogged up!) I vividly remember wanting to make as many Daleks as possible resulting in a share price surge on Ski black cherry yoghurt as consumption outstripped production.  Sadly no photographic evidence exists but in my mind at the time they were almost as good as the original. So there you have it, a worthy and personal entry in my top 10.

* He of course being always right claimed that I didn’t stop nagging him to see them after finding out that it was physically possible to meet my heroes. Regardless and although I have no recollection of entering that room carried in by my Dad, I do have a very dim distant sensation about it and one that still excitedly chills my soul to the marrow.


orig mkiii8 – Classic Series Original Dalek Drone

First (only) appearance 1963, Season 1, Story B “The Mutants/The Daleks”.

Now we’re talking, in at no.8 the first completed conception of a Dalek from Terry Nations brief description. For the uninitiated, this model only ever appeared in the first Dalek story but owing to the near hysteria it created, it became THE blueprint for all future incarnations.  The paint scheme remained until right up to Patrick Troughtons 1967 story “Evil of the Daleks” (Season 4 Story LL) when those old enough to remember saw what many thought at the time was the final demise of the Daleks. The BBC wanting to promote the newer Cybermen as the Doctors chief villain (and cynically me thinks reap 100% of the merchandising rights as oppose “only” getting a percentage owing to Terry Nations joint ownership of the Dalek rights).  1963-dalek-fullThis model went through some changes prior to the paint scheme change.  Notably the mid section which changed to the more recognisable solar panel vertical slats in the 1965 story “The Chase”  Other noticeable changes were in the 1964 follow up story “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” their bases became thicker not dissimilar to bumper cars and they had a circular disc on the back. These changes were brought in to justify allowing them to leave their home city on Skaro and terrorise the Universe without having to rely on static electricity for motive power.  I suspect however the thicker bases allowed the user to trundle over rougher ground with outside broadcasts without the risk of viewers catching a glimpse of the operator pushing the dalek!  One other change was the use of different light covers for the “ears” which continually changed from the original flimsy Ping-Pong style through to more sturdier Ford Anglia side lights and the chunky ones we have on the modern style (not paradigm) Daleks.

Chunky bumper car base versions from 2013's re-enacted scene of Season 2's "Dalek Invasion of Earth"

Chunky bumper car base versions from 2013’s re-enacted scene of Season 2’s “Dalek Invasion of Earth”

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